Sights and sounds of the 2016 Goodwood Revival

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Great photos by Pete Goding of the 2016 Revival, Europe's largest celebration of the cars, fashions and culture of the 40s, 50s and 60s.

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Podcast: voices of the Goodwood Revival 2016

Sir Chris Hoy leads an array of visitors to Europe's biggest retro festival telling us why they love the Revival. We hear from Malcolm Pine, owner of vintage vinyl shop A Ray of Delight – at the Revival selling the 'Sounds of 66' EP, produced exclusively for the 2016 Goodwood Revival; Tor Johansen, part of the crew of a Douglas DC3 Dakota, part of the massive display of vintage aircraft at Goodwood; Sir Chris Hoy, legendary bike racer turned racing driver; and retro entertainer Tom Carradine, who tries to explain our love of the mid-20th Century. Plus: when does ancient history begin for a 16-year-old – and who was the real star of Hi-de-Hi? Roving reporters: Duncan Steer and Rachel Roberts.


Started in 1998, the Goodwood Revival celebrates the heyday of the Goodwood race track, from 1948 to 1966, featuring a weekend of racing in the cars of the day, plus vintage aircraft and music of the period. Over the weekend, crowds of more than 150,000 come and take part, the vast majority in fancy dress of the 40s, 50s and 60s themselves.

Dancing to swing band, the Regular Joes, in the Richmond Lawn Marquee. 

Boundless members Denise and John Jinks (seated) at the Listening Booth installation, themed around 1960s record shops. A vinyl EP, 'Sounds of 66', featuring Dusty Springfield and The Who was produced especially to be sold at the 2016 Goodwood Revival. 

Thor Johansen, one of the current flying crew of a Douglas DC3 Dakota, built in America in 1943 and now based in Norway. Flown to the UK as soon as it was built, the Dakota saw active service, carrying up to 29 parachutists in the re-invasion of Europe after D-Day and still has two bullet-holes on the fuselage. The DC3 had been flown in from Norway especially for the 2016 Revival.

A 1952 Jaguar C-type leads the way into the corner.

Six times Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy now spends much of his time on four wheels, rather than two: in June, he completed the Le Mans 24 Hours Race, finishing 17th. Sir Chris was at Goodwood to race in the St Mary's Trophy, in which celebrity drivers were paired with owner-drivers of 1950s Austins A37s for a two-part race.

 There were, as ever, retro installations right across the Revival site – in this case, a tribute to the Golden Age of the road-menders' tea-break. 

Natasha Redcliffe, whose mum Nikki has won one of Goodwood's Best-Dressed awards several times, enters the fray in the on-site photo studio.

Mel, John and baby Beth were at Goodwood to see John's father racing in the St Mary's Trophy – but were swept up in the whole atmosphere.

Entertainer Tom Carradine was making his first visit to Goodwood and had donned a 20s outfit from Twentieth Century Chap, a company that specialises in retro fashions. Why did he think there was such a strong nostalgia for the mid-Twentieth Century.  "They don't write songs like that anymore, for community singing. The songs that got us through the Wars and keep people together. It's great that there's a real yearning for that with the collective nostalgia here."


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